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Overview

Lower Geyser Basin, a geothermal area in Yellowstone National Park, is home to an assortment of geothermic features, including hot springs, geysers and mud pots. This captivating place has a mesmerizing aura, attracting thousands of nature enthusiasts every year.

History

Yellowstone’s Lower Geyser Basin, part of the world’s first national park, was designated as a protected site in 1872. The basin has an incredible natural history, with its assorted geysers and hot springs having evolved over hundreds of thousands of years due to volcanic activity.

How to Get There

The Lower Geyser Basin is located in the southwestern part of Yellowstone National Park, approximately a 30-minute drive from the Park’s West Entrance. It can be reached via the Grand Loop Road, a 142-mile road that loops around the park.

Attractions

  • Fountain Paint Pot: One of the most popular attractions, showcasing all four types of hydrothermal features.
  • Great Fountain Geyser: This predictable geyser is one of the largest and most beautiful in the park.
  • Firehole Lake Drive: A scenic one-way drive with various geysers and hot springs.
  • Twilight Geyser: Known for its beautiful eruptions, especially at dawn and dusk.

Ticket Information

Admission to Lower Geyser Basin is included in the entrance fee to Yellowstone National Park. As of 2021, a 7-day pass for a private vehicle is $35, $30 for a motorcycle or snowmobile, and $20 for an individual on foot or bicycle.

Tips for Visiting

  • Prepare for varying weather conditions and temperatures by dressing in layers.
  • Stay on the boardwalks and trails for your safety and to protect the fragile ecosystem.
  • Arrive early or stay late to avoid crowds and maximize chances of wildlife sightings.
  • Respect wildlife by maintaining a safe distance and not feeding the animals.

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